earth elements traded in the next few years. scott gurvey, "nightly business report," new york. >> susie: here are the stories in tonight's "n.b.r. newswheel." on wall street, stocks fell for the second consecutive day. the dow lost 76 points, the nasdaq fell seven, and the s&p 500 off nine points. trading volume was at roughly the same levels today as yesterday on both the new york stock exchange and the nasdaq. those losses came despite a better than expected jump in sales of previously owned homes. existing home sales were up 7.6% in august, bouncing off a record low. meanwhile, the number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected in the last week-- up 12,000 to 465,000. and the house passed a bill aimed at helping struggling businesses. it's now on the way to president obama's desk. the bill establishes a $30 billion fund to help banks lend to small businesses, and cut taxes on american companies, big and small.